General Hospital fined $25K 

San Francisco General Hospital was one of 13 state medical centers that have been fined for a alleged code violations that endangered a patient's well-being.

General Hospital was hit with a $25,000 fine for leaving a 4-by-8-inch gauze sponge in a patient's abdomen. According to the incident report, the patient had been diagnosed with a complex pelvic tumor that was consistent with cancer. She also had been diagnosed with colon cancer.

The gauze sponge was not detected until it had tunneled through the patient's abdominal wall and into her vagina.

The violation was of the sponge, sharp and instrument count policy.

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